There was a strange defense of former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll yesterday, from Newcastle Managing Director Derek LLambias.
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Writing in the program notes before the 2-1 home win against Birmingham yesterday, Derek defended the player, and thought the treatment he received from Newcastle fans at Liverpool was uncalled for.
This is what Llambias said:
“I was disappointed with the very negative treatment some of our supporters gave our former number nine Andy Carroll. Andy faced a barrage of insults from a section of fans in the stadium which he most certainly did not deserve.”
“The abuse he received was difficult to stomach after everything Andy brought to our club, and I only hope he didn’t pay too much attention to the taunts being directed at him from the stands. To go from hero to villain simply for moving clubs, which is just part and parcel of football, is beyond me.”
“Andy is a Geordie lad and a lifelong Newcastle United supporter. He worked his socks off for this football club over the years, eventually reaching the ultimate goal in landing the much-coveted number nine shirt.”
“The 11 goals he scored for us this season have helped stabilize the club in the Premier League. Andy should be applauded for the great things he helped us achieve at Newcastle. I speak for everyone at the club when I say he will always be welcomed back at St James’ Park with open arms.”
If that’s all true then why did Andy leave?
And Derek’s statement will not stop Andy from getting more abuse when he returns next season in Liverpool colors.
If what we have been told by the club and Alan Pardew in particular is true – that Andy left for the big money at Liverpool – then Newcastle fans have every right to criticize one of their own for deserting the ship.
And it’s no secret that Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias are completely out of touch with Newcastle fans, although we also know that Andy was very popular in the dressing room.
It just seems strange to us that Derek would come out and defend Andy, since the more astute thing to have done would have been to say nothing.
But the two men at the top of Newcastle right now seem to have no idea about public relations, and it seems to us they’ll never ever have the support of the Newcastle faithful.
That’s unfortunate but likely to be very true, but we still hope Newcastle can build a decent side in the next couple of seasons.
We all have to move on from the Andy Carroll sale too, which upset an awful lot of Newcastle fans, but it’s over and done with now.